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Computational Law from a Continental European Perspective

Today’s methodology and technique for law-making are still based on concepts developed in the 19th century. However, in the post-modern, globalized information society, the legal system seems to have reached its limits in many areas. Today’s law has a massive complexity problem. Furthermore, it appears to be too rigid and inflexible to keep up with the pace of change in technology and society. The technology and methodology of legislation must be rethought if the law is to remain effective in modern society. A promising key to better laws is digitalization, especially in the form of computational law. 

However, the current discussion on computational law focuses to a large extent on smart contracts. This refers to machine-readable contracts, often discussed in relation to blockchain technology. The aim of this project is to contribute to the development of computational laws and regulations in general. Therefore, the project looks beyond the issue of computable contracts.The goal of the first subproject is to summarize the current state of research on computational laws, including relevant commercial projects. We will focus especially on civil law jurisdictions. The outcome of this subproject shall be a written document with an overview of relevant initiatives and projects in this area. 

Contact the LLI Board for more information or become a member and discuss at our internal platform with MS Teams.

For information on related digitalization projects, see our digitalization working group.